UMO Lecture to Address Global Challenges for the Future of Humanity

UMO Lecture to Address Global Challenges for the Future of Humanity

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Tillman School of Business Distinguished Speaker Series will feature Jerome “Jerry” C. Glenn, CEO of the Millennium Project, on Thursday, March 3, at 11 AM in Southern Bank Auditorium. Glenn will discuss the global challenges for the future of humanity.

The Tillman School of Business Distinguished Speaker Series brings speakers of national and international renown to the University. By offering engaging opportunities that are unique and unavailable elsewhere, the goal of the Tillman School is to provide timely insight, provoke thought, and stimulate conversation about some of our times’ most compelling regional, national, and global events.

Since 1996, Glenn has served as CEO of The Millennium Project, an organization that studies and evaluates how various global challenges will affect the future of humanity. He advises leaders of governments and corporations on the use of future assessment methods to form long range policy for socio-economics and defense. He is recognized as co-author, with Ted Gordon and Elizabeth Florescu of the annual State of the Future reports, editor of Futures Research Methodology 3.0, and designer of the Global Futures Intelligence System.  He has published over 100 papers and two books.

The Millennium Project grew out of a report written by Gordon and Glenn in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution and The Futures Group about the feasibility of establishing a futures “think tank.”  While Deputy Director of Partnership for Productivity International, Glenn created a computer network, CARINET in 1983, through which he introduced data-packet switching to 29 countries in the developing world. He was instrumental in helping to craft a section of the SALT II treaty that prohibited the USSR from deploying its Fractional Orbital Bombardment System.

Glenn graduated from American University with a BA in philosophy in 1968 and Antioch University New England with a MA in teaching social science in 1971. In 1972, he invented the futures wheel, a new method of brainstorming about the future, and in 1973 he coined the term “futuring.” He then joined the Peace Corps, and as a volunteer focused on how tropical medicine can be used to combat Leprosy. For his pioneering work, in 1974 Saturday Review named him among the most unusually gifted leaders of America.

Glenn’s recent research includes the following: future work/technology 2050, collective intelligence systems for Egypt and Kuwait, elements of the next economic systems, education 2030, international environmental security issues, global energy scenarios for 2020, the future of ethics, science and technology scenarios for 2025, Middle East peace scenarios, and alternative 2050 scenarios for the future of work/technology.

“Glenn is an excellent speaker and we are very fortunate that he has agreed to come speak to us on March 3, about the Millennium Project and its work,” noted Professor of Management Dr. Curtis Roney. “Glenn is one of the world’s foremost experts on futures study methodology and the formation of long-range government policy. Business executives throughout this region will want to take advantage of this opportunity to hear such a distinguished speaker’s insights into the future potentials of critical issues.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. Free parking for the event is available at Kornegay Arena (634 Henderson Street) with golf cart transportation, as needed. For more information about the event, please contact Dr. Kathy Best, dean of the Tillman School of Business at

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